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Brewing Up Some Major Promotion

Major swag: Glasses, openers and coasters promote the new brewing and fermentation science degree.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new brewing and fermentation science degree was highlighted at the Billtown Brewfest on Saturday. Held in downtown Williamsport at Midtown Landing, an area behind Trade and Transit Centre II, the festival featured 30 craft breweries offering tastings. Representatives from the college’s Admissions, Alumni Relations and Corporate Relations offices were on hand for the event, answering questions about the new major and greeting alumni in attendance. Also participating was Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science and an award-winning brewmaster, who visited with fellow brewers and promoted Penn College’s academic entry into the industry. “I thought it was a great event in a great location,” Yarrington said. “It was good to see so many of my brewing peers here in Williamsport and be able to taste so many great products. I enjoyed catching up with some old friends and also making some new ones. I look forward to this becoming an annual Williamsport tradition.” Organized by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and Brickyard Restaurant & Ale House, the celebration of craft beers offered two three-hour tastings and featured entertainment by two local bands – The No Maddz and The Family Ties. Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science degree begins this fall.

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Life Flight Maintenance Doesn’t Pre-Empt Learning Opportunity

Health Sciences students traveled to Williamsport Regional Airport, where one of Geisinger's Life Flight helicopters was being serviced.

Students in the paramedic technician and emergency medical services majors visited the hangar for Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopter on Wednesday, where the three-person crew gave them an overview of its services and talked about safety protocols when on the scene of a Life Flight landing. Each year, as part of a summer Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course, students learn about crime scene awareness, medical incident command and emergency vehicle operations, including a landing by Life Flight and hands-on Emergency Vehicle Driver Training. On Wednesday, because the helicopter was undergoing a parts replacement, the Penn College students visited the helicopter at its hangar at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. There, flight medic Kevin Niedzwiecki, a part-time instructor at Penn College, and other crew members provided insight and a hands-on demonstration. The photo was provided by Andrew L. Mattocks, a part-time Penn College instructor and Life Flight employee (and full-time ICU nurse) who received Penn College degrees in paramedic technology (’06), applied health studies (’11) and nursing (’17) and provided an on-campus lecture in fight operations earlier this summer.

Before the Deluge, a Colorful Calm

The SASC, in vivid floral focus

It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it is also quite evident in the eye of the storm! Shortly before skies darkened over Penn College on Monday, bringing the flash and crash of a textbook summer thundershower, Noelle B. Bloom took this photo north of the Bush Campus Center. “I love the flowers and greenery on our campus,” the Dining Services assistant director said, providing a stunning view of the Student & Administrative Services Center as seen through the “living wall” nurtured by nature (with a noticeable assist from General Services horticulturists).

Antique Autos Motor Onto Campus During Regional Road Trip

Passing beneath a fitting banner, antique cars enter a campus at which the past is prologue.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (with microphone) and automotive restoration technology student Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station, offer a hands-on demonstration in CAL.

Le Jeune Chef and Les Voitures Anciennes blend at the center of campus.

Part of the group venture to the library, where a pair of museum pieces – "Herbie," the Disney icon, and an 1899 Winton Phaeton – catch their collective eye.

Vintage Tour 2017 follows a scenic route to remember.

The Antique Automobile Club of America’s “Waterfalls, Mountains and Valleys” five-day tour of the Twin Tiers included a Friday stop at Penn College, home to one of the country’s few automotive restoration majors. About 100 drivers in 50 vintage vehicles converged on main campus to visit Madigan Library and College Avenue Labs and enjoy lunch before hitting the open road again.
First two photos by Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events

Volvo Video Celebrates Corporate Support of Education

Grouped near a Volvo excavator at the training site, alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, are (from left): Flood, Breon, Peck, Hoffman, Witmer and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Peck (center) and Hoffman talk with Amy Crouse, Volvo Construction Equipment's product marketing and communication specialist.

Getting it on record, the crew talks with Flood ...

... and captures Witmer's hands-on perspective from behind the controls.

A long-standing partnership between Penn College and Volvo, emblematic of the corporate support that helps provide all six of the institution’s academic schools with relevant technology and laboratory tools, is extolled in a newly posted YouTube video filmed in May at the college’s heavy equipment training site in Brady Township. The visit by a crew from Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg was arranged by Brian Hoffman, regional manager of Highway Equipment & Supply Co., itself a longtime supporter of students and faculty in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Interviewed on camera at the work site were Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte, and Tyler M. Breon, of Millheim, both majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis; Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology; and Highway Equipment’s Ryan Flood, a member of the college’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technician Emphasis Advisory Committee.

Penn College’s Le Jeune Chef Honored by Wine Spectator

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant is among Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 “Award of Excellence” winners.

Wine Spectator reaches over 3 million readers with each issue and is the largest paid wine-focused/wine-lifestyle magazine.

Its annual Restaurant Awards, which are published in the August issue, acknowledge the best wine lists in the world. Winning restaurants offer interesting wine selections that are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

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Summer: An Open Season for Experiential Learning

Campers savor their summer experience.

While many of their compatriots enjoyed family vacations and time away from school, hundreds of curious young women and men from eight states and Washington, D.C., recently explored Penn College’s unique “degrees that work” during a series of fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps.

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Students in Cast of CTL’s Summer Youth Production

Courtlyn A. Trautman"Legally Blonde: The Musical"Jasmine E. Silver Two Penn College students are in the cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” running Thursday through Sunday at the Community Theatre League. Based on the crowd-pleasing 2001 movie, the award-winning show follows the transformation of Delta Nu sorority sister Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams at Harvard Law School. Among those performing on the 100 W. Third St. theater’s Mainstage are Courtlyn A. Trautman, of Herndon, graduating next month in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, portraying Paulette, and Jasmine E. Silver, a legal assistant-paralegal major from Montoursville, part of the ensemble/Greek chorus. “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Scoop du Jour

Lining up for a homemade treat

Showing off their bagsful of yumminess

Enjoying an appropriate treat on a muggy Monday − one day after National Ice Cream Day − youngsters in Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE made ice cream in the Keystone Dining Room. Temperatures neared 90 as Week Six of the summer camp began, a situation made much more tolerable with the help of Rebecca L. Pawlik, Dining Services’ registered dietitian, and Andrea N. Breon, the dining unit’s head cook.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

Vital Blood Drive Set for Sept. 6-7 in Penn’s Inn

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Sept. 6-7It’s a terrible scenario for patients and doctors alike: An emergency team rushes a patient to the hospital for lifesaving treatment only to find that there isn’t enough blood on hand. In an emergency when every second counts, a delay in the delivery of blood could potentially mean very bad news for someone in need. The Penn College community can help prevent such an awful situation and end the current nationwide Red Cross shortage, which is worsened by regular blood donors’ fewer appointments during the summer. Join College Health Services and the American Red Cross from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 6-7 in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Online appointments to contribute to this crucial mission are available, and each donor will receive a $15 gift certificate redeemable online with hundreds of popular merchants.

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Diversity/Cultural Life Coordinator Named at Penn College

Sammie L. Davis

Sammie L. Davis has begun work as the coordinator of diversity and cultural life at Penn College.

“I am thrilled to have Sammie join our newest Student Affairs department: Campus & Community Engagement,” said Katie L. Mackey, department director. “She displays a true passion for working in the area of diversity and social justice. The depth of her experiences in her graduate work, coupled with her student-centered approach to higher education, will undeniably have a positive impact on our campus community.”

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Grads Pave Way for Vital New Highway

Jackson and Wise survey the expansive project site ...

... a literally groundbreaking opportunity to untangle a decades-old traffic snarl.

Two Penn College civil engineering graduates – David Wise, ’92, and Maggie Jackson, ’08 – are helping to lead the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project, one of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s largest undertakings. Wise is a construction manager for PennDOT, and Jackson is the design project engineer. Both rely on their Penn College background as they work on the 13-mile limited access highway that will alleviate a problem faced for 40 years: congestion and heavy truck traffic through Shamokin Dam. “Here’s the largest construction project that I know of in the state and here are two Penn College graduates that are right at the top of the list in making this whole project work, and that’s pretty significant,” said state Sen. Gene Yaw, who also chairs the college’s board of directors. “They should be pretty proud of their own accomplishments because we can do all these things at the college and train them and everything, but I think it’s incumbent upon the individual to go out and use the skills they’ve learned … and these two people obviously have. And we’re really excited about them.”
– Photos by Tom Speicher, writer/video editor

EMT Course Scheduled in Mid-August at Four Sites in Area

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 14, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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WEDnetPA Seminar Coincides With New Year of Training Funds

The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania, created to strengthen the statewide business environment, is accepting training reimbursement applications for the 2018 fiscal year.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is one of 27 educational partners statewide that comprise WEDnetPA, providing access to training funds and serving as a point of contact for businesses utilizing the grant program. WEDnetPA is funded under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s PA First line item.

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